The Future of the Hooghly River: The Port of Kolkata Proposes an Innovative Tunnel Project

Syamaprasad Mookerjee Port, also known as Kolkata Port, aims to ease congestion in the state capital by building an underground tunnel under the Hooghly River. In parallel with this endeavor, the port company is considering installing an additional floating crane in Diamond Harbor and developing Kolkata’s first multimodal logistics park. Port Chairman Rathendra Raman confirmed that talks are ongoing with a consultant on the tunnel project and a study report is expected in the coming months.

The installation of floating cranes at anchorages to speed up cargo handling is a top priority for the port. The floating crane, based in Diamond Harbour, will facilitate the lifting of cargo and containers. The port also plans to widen Diamond Harbor Road to improve access to Falta and Roychawk, establish a freight corridor to Dankuni and widen NH 116 to connect Kolaghat and Haldia. A ro-ro dock is also planned on the Howrah side of the Hooghly River.

To develop Kolkata’s first multimodal logistics park, the port has initiated the process by inviting expressions of interest for the allocation of 60 hectares of land with a 30-year lease. The logistics park will feature a modern warehouse complex equipped with cold stores, a truck terminal, rail links and other key amenities.

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